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Perseid meteor shower 2022 webcast: how to watch shooting stars live online

The annual Perseid meteor shower is nearing its peak and you can watch it live online.

The 2022 Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak in August 2020. 11 and 12. However, bright moonlight from the full August sturgeon moon Aug. 11 will make it harder to see the peak of the meteor shower, so the Virtual Telescope Project is hosting a live webcast on August 8th. 9, before the moon reaches its maximum brightness.

“Due to the full moon on the night of their peak, we will launch this live stream two days early, so our satellite will be below the horizon and there will still be a lot of meteors!” wrote Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project.

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Live broadcast of the Virtual Telescope project on August 8. 9 will start at 21:00 ET (01:00 GMT on August 10) and will share all the meteors captured by the wide-angle cameras of the telescopes. You can also watch on Space.com, courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project.

The Perseid meteor shower is active every year from mid-July to the end of August when the Earth passes through debris or pieces of ice and rock left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. Peak Perseids, when the Earth passes through the densest and dustiest part of the comet’s trail.

In most years, with clear skies and low levels of light pollution, Perseid observers can expect to see 50 to 100 visible meteors or “shooting stars” per hour at the peak of the shower.

However, the bright light of the August full moon, which is also a supermoon (because the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth in its orbit), will make it difficult to observe many meteors. This year, viewers should expect an average of 10 to 20 meteors per hour at best during its peak, according to the statement. (will open in a new tab) by NASA astronomer Bill Cook.

Therefore, the best time to search for the Perseids this year is the wee hours when the moon is below the horizon, a few days before the peak. If you can’t get outside and enjoy the annual meteor shower, be sure to watch the Virtual Telescope Project livestream in August. 9 when the moon is expected to set about 60 minutes before dawn, offering a short window of dark skies to watch more meteors.

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